to mark or diversify with spots or blotches of a different color or shade.
a diversifying spot or blotch of color.
mottled coloring or pattern.
- mot·tle·ment, noun
- mottler, noun
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How to use mottle in a sentence
To account for that, SCAN normalizes its estimates using a virus with a well-established expected quantity—pepper mild mottle virus.
Blue mottle, or Belton greys, which stand work and are better than; 2.All About Dogs | Charles Henry Lane
The effect of this winding, is to give a beautiful mottle to the barrel; which will be found depicted in plate No. 3.Gunnery in 1858 | William Greener
He had a coat of velvet that through age had become marked with an opalescent mottle.Venice | Dorothy Menpes
In some old strains the "blue mottle" of the Southern Hound is still preserved.Sporting Dogs | Frank Townend Barton
Ginsburg put up his gloved hand and wiped clean a face that with passion had turned a mottle of red-and-white blotches.From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for mottle
(tr) to colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
a mottled appearance, as of the surface of marble
one streak or blotch of colour in a mottled surface
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